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Ep. 940 The Official Story Cannot Be True


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In this episode I address the explosive new revelations in the Peter Strzok testimony that indicate that the FBI’s official story cannot be true. I also address a significant problem with the Green New Deal that will impact your home value. Finally, I address the growing influence of Chinese-Americans in GOP politics and the controversy surround a new pro-life movie.

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Poll: New Yorkers Say AOC Biggest “Villain” in Amazon Decision to Leave City

A new Siena College poll has found that New Yorkers consider freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) the top “villain” in Amazon’s decision to pull the plug on plans to build its headquarters in the city–costing the city thousands of high-paying jobs.

Breitbart reports:

The poll, released on Monday, asked voters to rank leaders as “hero,” “villain,” or “role player” in causing Amazon to change its plan to build a new headquarter in the Queens neighborhood.

Thirty-eight percent picked freshman Democratic Socialist Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as the chief villain, while only 12 percent responded that she was a “hero” in opposing Amazon’s plan. 

Thirty-four percent called local activists the top villain, followed by New York Mayor de Blasio (29 percent), Gov. Andrew Cuomo (26 percent), Amazon (21 percent) and labor unions (17 percent).

Sixty-seven percent of respondents said that Amazon’s decision to leave the city was “bad” for the state, while just 21 percent said it was “good.”

Amazon was set to create 25,000-40,000 high-paying jobs in the city–with the average salary at $150,000.

The poll also found that a slight majority disagree with New York’s seemingly never-ending shift to the left–with 51 percent of voters saying the state is too liberal, while 36 percent disagree.

For the full report, click HERE.

AOC’s Response to New Zealand’s Tragedy Isn’t Just Stupid, It’s Dead Wrong

Following Friday’s shooting at a Christchurch mosque in New Zealand, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez immediately took to Twitter to mock those sending thoughts and prayers. “At first I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston [church shooting]. Pittsburgh [synagogue shooting]. Sutherland Springs [church shooting],” she began.  And then she concluded with the worst possible phrasing, asking; “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” Cortez knows her talking points, but apparently not what content to deploy them, as many of those shot dead in all the cases she referenced were killed while praying.

She clarified after facing some heat, “Thoughts and prayers is a reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect the conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to [New Zealand] PM Jacinda Ardern, who I greatly admire,” even though the NRA has no influence or real presence in New Zealand.

With comments like these, it’s no wonder that despite being a media darling (having received more press coverage than any freshmen Congressperson except Hillary Clinton), only 31% of people actually approve of AOC, compared to 39% for Trump, of whom 92% of media coverage is negative.

The following day, she responded to a tweet from Michael Skolnik that listed six terrorist attacks from white supremacists since 2014. For some content, there were ten Islamist terrorist attacks on January 1st, 2019 alone.  “All of these are terrorist incidents,” Cortez correctly observed. “We have a responsibility to understand how white supremacy + online radicalization works, because it is impacting our entire society. President Trump defunded Federal programs designed to fight the spread of white supremacist hate groups.”

I was unaware that the federal government had funded programs designed to fight the spread of white supremacist groups, and after some research learned that the amount previously allocated to it amounted to less than what the government spends in a second. In their final days, the Obama administration awarded 31 grants through the Department of Homeland Security devoted towards fighting domestic extremism, totaling $10 million to 26 recipients. Most were devoted to fighting Islamic radicalism, but one grant for $400,000 was given to a group exclusively fighting white identity extremism, Life After Hate. According to the group’s mission, they aim to “help people leave hate groups, particularly white supremacy groups.” The group was founded by Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist.

Why the funding was pulled is disputed, and Picciolini can’t claim his group was singled out, because eleven others saw their grants stripped. According to The Hill;

Reuters reported at the time that the White House was considering retooling the program to focus more on radical Islamic extremism than on white supremacist groups. Trump also proposed entirely eliminating the program in his 2018 budget request.

The DHS emphasized in a statement that “sixteen of the 26 recipients have applicability to all forms of violent extremism and as such will address the threat of domestic terrorism.” Seven new applicants also won funding, while seven of the existing recipients got a funding boost. Those getting the funding boost generally were law enforcement agencies or proposals backed by police.

Remember; Picciolini’s group wasn’t the only one that devoted resources towards fighting white extremism, it was the only group that exclusively focussed on that, and only received 4% of the grant money in the first place. Perhaps the reason Life After Hate got defunded is due to the lack of evidence that they’ve accomplished anything. There isn’t a single testimonial on the group’s website, and the only evidence of their efficacy is having “helped more than 150 people confront violent extremism; and thousands more deal with hate in their communities,” without any actual specifics of what that means. Organizing an anti-racist march would meet that criteria – but that’s not anything that would bring a white extremist to sanity.

Picciolini believes that his group was defunded due to his opposition to Donald Trump, and specifically mentioned his tweets against the President. While we’ll never know if that’s true, if it were, the progression of his tweets is amusing in hindsight. Perhaps threatening to use all your resources to fight against the President isn’t the best idea when you’re dependent on the government.

One day the NRA was responsible for the New Zealand terrorist – and the next day it was President Trump.

Maybe tomorrow AOC willl hold the shooter responsible!

AOC’s Attempt to Grill Wells Fargo CEO Backfires Spectacularly

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez humiliated herself yesterday after her questioning of Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan backfired during a House Financial Services Committee hearing.

The hearing was titled, “Holding Megabanks Accountable: An Examination of Wells Fargo’s Pattern of Consumer Abuses,” and Ocasio-Cortez seized the moment to advance her own agenda, asking questions about ICE and oil pipelines.

Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire detailed the embarrassing exchange:

“Mr. Sloan, why was the bank involved in the caging of children?” the congresswoman asked.

I don’t know how to answer that question because we weren’t,” Sloan responded.

“Uh, so in finan–, you’ve, you were financing, involved in debt financing in CoreCivic and GEO group, correct?” Ocasio-Cortez responded.

“For a period of time, we were involved in financing one of the firms, we are not anymore,” Sloan responded. “I’m not familiar with the specific assertion you are making, but we weren’t directly involved in that.”

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the stunning revelations in the Lisa Page transcripts**

Ocasio-Cortez then switched topics to the Dakota Access Pipeline and asked Sloan if Wells Fargo should be held responsible “for the damages incurred by climate change due to the financing of fossil fuels and these projects.”

When Sloan told the congresswoman he wouldn’t know how those costs could be calculated, she said, “Say from spills, or when we have to reinvest in infrastructure building sea walls from the erosion of, um, from the erosion of infrastructure or cleanups, wildfires, etc….”

“Related to that pipeline?” Sloan replied. “I’m not aware that there’s been any of what you’ve described that’s occurred that’s related to that pipeline.”

Speaking over Sloan, she asked, “How about, uh, the clean ups from the leaks of the Dakota Access pipeline?”

“I’m not aware of the leaks associated with the Dakota Access pipeline that you’re describing,” Sloan responded.

“So, hypothetically, if there was a leak from the Dakota Access pipeline, why shouldn’t Wells Fargo pay for the clean up of it since it paid for the construction of the pipeline itself?”

“Because we don’t operate the pipeline, we provide financing to the company that’s operating the pipeline…” Sloan answered.

Watch the cringeworthy exchange below:

For the full report, click HERE.

Ep. 935 How Conspiracies Really Work

In this episode I address the stunning revelations in the recently revealed Lisa Page testimony. I also address the college fraud scandal and how the prosecution of it by the FBI differs from the abhorrent techniques they used on Trump. Finally, I address recent comments by AOC indicating her lack of knowledge about economics.

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de Blasio Mandates Vegetarian Diets at NYC Schools to Save the Planet

In a move that would make Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) proud, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday that he would be implementing a city-wide “Meatless Monday” for all NYC public schools to keep a green planet “for future generations to come.”

The program will begin in the 2019-2020 school year and will offer only vegetarian menus for breakfast and lunch on Mondays. The idea was first piloted in 15 Brooklyn schools in Spring of 2018.

“Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said de Blasio in a press statement.“We’re expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come.”

Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza said, “Meatless Mondays are good for our students, communities, and the environment. Our 1.1 million students are taking the next step towards healthier, more sustainable lives. Our students and educators are truly leaders in this movement, and I salute them!

Fmr FEC Commissioner: Enough Evidence to Justify FEC Investigation into AOC Campaign

A former FEC Commissioner says there is “more than enough evidence” to justify the FEC opening a civil investigation into the complaint against Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti.

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti were accused of violating campaign finance laws and illegally funneling nearly $885,000 in contributions from political action committees.

“As a former FEC commissioner who has studied the complaint against Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti, I have concluded that there is unquestionably more than enough evidence to justify the FEC opening a civil investigation,” wrote Hans Von Spakovsky in a recent Fox News oped.

Even worse, writes Spakovsky, there’s also enough evidence for the Department of Justice to consider opening a criminal investigation into the complaint.

“There seems to be enough evidence here to justify opening a criminal investigation,” he writes.  “As the Washington Examiner reported, Chakrabarti appeared to be operating a “slush fund.” Campaign finance attorneys called this arrangement ‘really weird.'”

He continues, “The complaint to the FEC says Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff ‘orchestrated an extensive off-the-books operation to make hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenditures in support of multiple candidates for federal office.’ We don’t know what further investigation will find. But it is clear an investigation is needed to determine if Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti broke the law.”

Ocasio-Cortez has denied the campaign finance violation allegations.

“There is no violation,” the Congresswoman told Fox News last week after landing at Ronald Reagan National Airport. She responded, “No, no” when asked if the complaint proves her campaign was connected to “dark money.”

GOP Rep Fires Back After AOC Shames Republicans for Voting Against Watered-Down Anti-Hate Resolution

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) hit back after Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attempted to shame Republican lawmakers who voted against the watered-down Democratic anti-hate resolution yesterday.

The resolution–originally intended as a rebuke of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic rhetoric–faced backlash from a number of radical Democrats who defended the congresswoman and ultimately forced the party to produce a more broad resolution, condemning anti-Semitism, racism and Islamophobia.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Where’s the outrage over the 23 GOP members who voted NO on a resolution condemning bigotry today? Oh, there’s none? Did they get called out, raked over, ambushed in halls and relentlessly asked why not? No? Okay. Got it.”

Cheney responded, “Here’s the outrage: your party put a sham resolution on the floor designed to protect the anti-Semitic hate and bigotry of @IlhanMN.”

The resolution–passed overwhelmingly yesterday–was opposed by 23 Republicans because of its watered down nature and inability to

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who was the first Congressman to vote “no” said, “Anti-Semitism is a very special kind of hatred that should never be watered down. There has never been a persecution of a people like the Jewish people.”

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) also voted “no.” He told Fox News today, “It was watered down, It was spineless. It was unfortunately filled with moral equivalency and double standards. As i pointed out on the House floor, if this was a Republican pushing what Rep. Omar is peddling with this anti-Semitic hate it would have named that Republican member.”

Dem Rep Downplays Pain of Families of Holocaust Survivors to Defend Omar

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) attempted to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) by downplaying the significance of the pain of families of Holocaust survivors.

According to the Hill, Clyburn spoke with reporters yesterday and lamented the fact that many media reports on the Congresswoman’s anti-Semitic comments did not mention the fact that she fled violence in Somalia and was a Kenyan refugee before she made her way to the United States.

Clyburn told reporters, “There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her … I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”

Omar has come under fire in recent weeks for numerous anti-Semitic comments. Most recently, the congresswoman claimed that lawmakers who support Israel “hold an allegiance to a foreign country.”

In February, she cliamed that Jewish advocacy group, AIPAC, paid off members of Congress for their support.

On Monday, some of the country’s leading Jewish organizations demanded that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for her anti-Semitism, according to an exclusive report by the Washington Free Beacon.

In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), the group writes that Omar’s recent comments, anti-Semitic tweets, as well as her address before the Islamic Relieve USA in February are grounds for her removal from the influential committee.

“In light of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent anti-Semitic tweets, statements, and address before Islamic Relief USA on Saturday, February 23rd, we, the undersigned organizations, request that you immediately remove her as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” they write.

“We hope you will continue to demonstrate your commitment to the high moral standards of your office by removing Rep. Omar, a woman who has repeatedly exhibited strong biases against the State of Israel and the Jewish people, from this critically important and sensitive committee,” the letter states.

House Democrats have delayed a vote condemning anti-Semitism after progressive lawmakers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) came to the defense of Omar.

The resolution was supposed to be introduced today and condemned anti-Semitism after Omar sparked outrage with her incendiary, anti-Semitic rhetoric.

According to Fox News, the resolution was going to state that the House “rejects anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”

AOC Retweets Terrorist Supporter

While defending fellow freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) retweeted comments from a reported supporter of a Palestinian terrorist group.

Breitbart reports that the man Ocasio-Cortez retweeted, Yousef Munayyer, “is the executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. He is also, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a supporter of the terrorist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). IPT noted that Munayyer is ‘an open supporter of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a State Department designated terrorist organization…'”

On Tuesday, Munayyer tweeted a link to a New York Times article which cited Omar and questioned if Israeli advocacy group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was too powerful. Last month, Omar caused an uproar when she suggested that AIPAC paid lawmakers for their support of Israel.

IPT also states that Munayyer “openly supports the Socialist PFLP, which rejects any compromise or peace with Israel, by posting its communiques and touting some of its actions.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Munayyer’s tweet, adding her own comments:

As Breitbart points out, Ocasio-Cortez “did not distance herself from — and perhaps did not know about — Munayyer’s radical views.”

For the full report, click HERE.